Definition for given (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), gave, giv·en, giv·ing.
verb (used without object), gave, giv·en, giv·ing.
- to give as a present; bestow.
- to present (the bride) to the bridegroom in a marriage ceremony.
- to expose or betray (a person).
- to reveal (a confidence or secret, hidden motives, true feelings, etc.): That remark gave away his real feelings.
- to acknowledge defeat; yield.
- to hand in; deliver: Please give in your timecards.
- to send out; emit.
- to make public; announce.
- to distribute; issue.
- to become exhausted.
- to become used up; fail: The fuel gave out.
- to do or express something, especially unrestrainedly or easily: to give out with a song.
- to put into the care of; transfer: She gave over all her property to her daughter.
- to put an end to; stop: They will never give over their impossible dreams.
- to indulge in without restraint: She gave herself over to tears.
- to devote to a specified activity: The day was given over to relaxing in the sun.
- to abandon hope; despair.
- to desist from; renounce: to give up smoking.
- to surrender; relinquish.
- to devote (oneself) entirely to: She gave herself up to her job and seldom saw her old friends.
- South Midland U.S. to consider; deem: She's given up to be the kindest woman around here.
Origin of give
Examples from the Web for given
I think we handled it as well as we could have, given the exigencies of production.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I think you need to understand the history to understand where you are at a given moment.
And so, he says he left prison without proper ID, just his release papers and the “dress-out gear” he was given by the state.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Still, I wish that DuVernay had given us more about those who are less famous besides a scene where they all eat dinner together.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Having graduated Juilliard last spring, Alex Sharp is too young to have given the performance of a lifetime.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He next dropped his name of Malagigi, because it had been given him by the devils in council, and called himself Onofrio.Castellinaria|Henry Festing Jones
Jacob was the author both of commentaries and of scholia on the sacred books; of these specimens are given by Assemani and Wright.
That you have given away in charity must rather tend to brighten up your mind.The Gtakaml|rya Sra
When dry, it had been given further distinction by two or three coats of gold paint.The Master's Violin|Myrtle Reed
In dairy work the individual preferences of the cows are given attention and their whimsy catered to by the herdsman.The Dollar Hen|Milo M. Hastings
British Dictionary definitions for given (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for given (2 of 2)
verb gives, giving, gave (ɡeɪv) or given (ˈɡɪvən) (mainly tr)
- to bear (offspring)
- to produce, originate, or create (an idea, plan, etc)
Word Origin for give
Word Origin and History for given (1 of 2)
past participle adjective, late 14c., "allotted, predestined," from give; also with a noun sense of "fate," reflecting an important concept in pagan Germanic ideology (Old English had giefeðe in this sense). The modern sense of "what is given, known facts" is from 1879. Given name (1827) so called because given at baptism.
Word Origin and History for given (1 of 2)
Old English giefan (W. Saxon) "to give, bestow; allot, grant; commit, devote, entrust," class V strong verb (past tense geaf, past participle giefen), from Proto-Germanic *gebanan (cf. Old Frisian jeva, Middle Dutch gheven, Dutch geven, Old High German geban, German geben, Gothic giban), from PIE *ghabh- "to take, hold, have, give" (see habit). It became yiven in Middle English, but changed to guttural "g" by influence of Old Norse gefa "to give," Old Danish givæ. Meaning "to yield to pressure" is from 1570s.
Give in "yield" is from 1610s; give out is mid-14c., "publish, announce;" meaning "run out, break down" is from 1520s. Give up "surrender" is mid-12c. To give (someone) a cold seems to reflect the old belief that one could be cured of disease by deliberately infecting others. What gives? "what is happening?" is attested from 1940. Give-and-take (n.) is originally from horse racing (1769) and refers to races in which bigger horses were given more weight to carry, lighter ones less. General sense attested by 1778.
Idioms and Phrases with given
In addition to the idioms beginning with give
- give a bad name to
- give a break
- give a damn
- give a good account of oneself
- give a hand
- give a hang
- give a hard time
- give a hoot
- give a leg up
- give and take
- give an inch and they'll take a mile
- give a pain
- give a piece of one's mind
- give as good as one gets
- give a shit
- give away
- give a wide berth
- give bad marks to
- give birth to
- give chase
- give color to
- give credit
- give free rein to
- give ground
- give in
- give it one's best shot
- give it to
- give me a break
- give notice
- given to
- give off
- give of oneself
- give one
- give oneself airs
- give oneself away
- give oneself up
- give one's eyeteeth
- give or take
- give out
- give over
- give pause
- give rein to
- give rise to
- give short shrift
- give someone
- give someone a break
- give someone a ring
- give someone heart failure
- give someone hell
- give someone his or her due
- give someone his or her head
- give someone the air
- give someone the evil eye
- give someone the once-over
- give someone enough rope
- give someone fits
- give something a whirl
- give thanks for small blessings
- give the back of one's hand
- give the benefit of the doubt
- give the business
- give the creeps
- give the devil his due
- give the eye
- give the finger
- give the go-ahead
- give the lie to
- give the shirt off one's back
- give the slip
- give the time of day
- give the word
- give the works
- give to understand
- give up
- give up the ghost
- give vent to
- give voice to
- give way
- give way to
- give what for
- hard time (give someone a)
- Indian giver
- never give a sucker an even break
- not care (give) a rap
- not give someone the time of day
- what's cooking (gives)
Also see under idioms beginning withget and have.